Need to collect paleo/low-carb research for my website

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Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 08, 2011 at 7:24 PM

I'm going to put up a "research section" on my website, www.paleogateway.com

It has happened to me too many times that I get into an argument on a forum (or with my college professors) and I know I've read quite a bit of favourable research but it can be hard to dig up if I've forgotten where to find it. I'm thinking there must be a lot of other people in a similar situation.

So I wanted to assemble it all in one place to help fellow paleo dieters in arguing with CW folks. I'm looking for everything even remotely related to the paleo diet, be it processed vs. non-processed food, low-carb diets, low-carb and diabetes/metabolic syndrome etc. etc.

I'm going to try and categorize the research somehow for ease of access.

Of course I'm also looking for unfavourable research so as to not exclude that (like the CW folks tend to do when it comes to low-carb). Only quality research though, preferrably peer-reviewed from respectable journals.

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4883 · February 09, 2011 at 4:49 AM

Kristjan, if you are serious about this, I think you need to learn to search the peer-reviewed literature on your own. With today's Internet, it's easy to do.

Two of the main tools that people use for this purpose are www.pubmed.gov and Google Scholar.

Once you find a paper on a given topic, you can quickly find others by looking at "Related citations" and "Cited by" in Pubmed.

You can use the "cited by" count to estimate the quality of a paper. In general, the higher the count, the more important the paper.

Another trick is to tell Pubmed that you only want to see review articles. A review article is a paper that summarizes the results of many other papers. If you can find a recent, high-quality review article, it will bring you up to speed quickly on a particular topic.

Review articles almost always contain a long list of references (footnotes) to other papers. You can use this list as a bibliography to track down other papers that you want to look at.

2713 · February 09, 2011 at 3:36 AM

Shameless plug for my own site, which started with my attempt to gather all the research:

Paleo Diet Research on Paleo for Life

Hope that helps!

1103 · February 09, 2011 at 4:31 AM


She did a great job ( I think) in gathering up the science behind the diet & why we eat the way we do.

Good luck! I'd love to find how yours turns out!

1591 · February 08, 2011 at 9:02 PM

Most of The Healthy Skeptic's articles are heavy on citations - I'd start there. http://thehealthyskeptic.org/

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